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The Electric Company

The Electric Company is an American educational children's television series created by Paul Dooley and directed by Robert Schwarz, Henry Behar, John Tracy. PBS broadcast 780 episodes over the course of its six seasons from October 25, 1971, to April 15, 1977. After it ceased production in 1977, the program continued in reruns until October 4, 1985, as the result of a decision made in 1975 to produce two final seasons for perpetual use; the Workshop produced the show at Second Stage, located within the Reeves Teletape Studios, in Manhattan, the first home of Sesame Street. The Electric Company employed sketch comedy and various other devices to provide an entertaining program to help elementary school children develop their grammar and reading skills. Since it was intended for children who had graduated from CTW's flagship program, Sesame Street, the humor was more mature than what was seen there; the original cast included Morgan Freeman, Rita Moreno, Bill Cosby, Judy Graubart, Lee Chamberlin and Skip Hinnant.

Most of the cast had done stage and improvisational work, with Cosby and Moreno well-established performers on film and television. Ken Roberts, best known as a soap opera announcer, was the narrator of some segments during season one, most notably the parody of the genre that had given him prominence, Love of Chair. Jim Boyd, an off-camera voice actor and puppeteer during the first season, began appearing on-camera in the second season in the role of J. Arthur Crank. Luis Ávalos joined the cast at that time. Cosby was a regular in season one, appeared in new segments during season two, but left afterward. Segments that Cosby had taped during seasons one and two were used for the rest of the run, Cosby was billed as a cast member throughout. Chamberlin left after season two, but many of her segments were repeatedly reused. Added to the cast at the beginning of season three was Hattie Winston, an actress and singer who appeared on the show Becker. Beginning in season four, Danny Seagren, a puppeteer who had worked on Sesame Street and as a professional dancer, appeared in the role of Spider-Man.

"The Adventures of Letterman": Premiering during season two, "Letterman" featured the work of animators John and Faith Hubley. and written by author Mike Thaler. The title character foiled the Spell Binder, an evil magician who made mischief by changing words into new words, it featured the voices of Zero Mostel, Joan Rivers, who narrated the segments, Gene Wilder. In his book The TV Arab, Jack Shaheen criticized the portrayal of the evil Spell Binder as a negative racial stereotype. "Five Seconds": Halfway through the show, viewers were challenged to read a word within a five- or ten-second time limit. In seasons three and four, in a send-up of Mission: Impossible, the word would self-destruct in a Scanimate animation sequence after the time expired. In seasons five and six, the viewers had to read the word. "Giggles, Goggles": Two friends conversed while riding a tandem bicycle or performing some other activity together. One would humorously misuse a word and the other would correct her, with the process being repeated several times until they returned to the original word.

"Here's Cooking at You': A send-up of Julia Child's cooking shows, with Judy Graubart playing Julia Grown-Up. "Jennifer of the Jungle": A Borscht Belt-style parody of George of the Jungle, with Judy Graubart as Jennifer and Jim Boyd as Paul the Gorilla. "The Last Word": Shown at the end of season one, a dimly lit incandescent bulb with a pull-chain switch was shown hanging. A single word would appear one, featured earlier in the episode. An unseen cast member would read the word aloud, reach his/her arm into the shot, turn the light off by tugging the pull chain. "Love of Chair": A send-up of Love of Life in which Ken Roberts, the announcer for Life, would read a Dick and Jane–style story about a boy sitting on a chair and doing simple things, concluding by asking questions in a dramatic tone followed by "For the answer to these and other questions, tune in tomorrow for...'Love Of Chair'." "Mad Scientist": Monster parody with an evil scientist and his Peter Lorre-esque assistant Igor, who tried to read words associated with their experiments.

"Monolith": Animated short, set in outer space and used to introduce segments involvin

The Mike Flowers Pops

The Mike Flowers Pops are a British easy listening band fronted by Mike Flowers and supported by the "Sounds Superb Singers" and "Super Stereo Brass". Formed in 1993, there can be up to fourteen of them on stage at any time, they are principally known for easy listening or lounge music covers of both'classic' and contemporary pop music; the title "MFP" parodies the budget record label Music for Pleasure known as MFP, which produced a series of "Hot Hits" cover version albums in the 1960s and 1970s. The band became famous in the UK in 1995 when they released a cover version of Oasis' hit song "Wonderwall". After seeing the band perform, BBC radio producer Will Saunders recruited Flowers for BBC Radio 1 DJ Kevin Greening in order to cover the'Hits of 95' for Greening's Saturday show. Chris Evans heard the song and made it'single of the week' on his Radio 1 breakfast show, telling listeners that this was the original version of the song; the single, issued by London Records under the name The Mike Flowers Pops, was released while the Oasis original was still in the UK Singles Chart, itself reached the Top 10.

Flowers' version peaked at number 2 in the Christmas 1995 chart. Lou Reed, when asked at the time whether he had heard anything by Oasis, claimed: "Not that I would know. Oh, Wonderwall? The one I know is the Mike Flowers one; that is one of the funniest things I've heard in my life."Following the success of "Wonderwall", The Mike Flowers Pops advanced from performing shows in nightclubs and small concert halls to touring festivals and larger venues across Britain and Europe. A Groovy Place was released on 24 June 1996. At the end of 1996 they toured Britain with Gary Glitter on his last `, they played large venues including Wembley Arena and Birmingham NEC. Cover versions of The Doors' "Light My Fire", "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" reached the Top 40 of the UK chart; the Mike Flowers Pops played at the Shiiine On Weekender in November 2016 and at the 100 Club in London in December 2017. StudioA Groovy Place CompilationsGet Easy! The Future Collection Volume 2 The Freebase Connection: The Mike Flowers Pops meets Aphex Twin The Cocktail Shaker-New Groove Kitsch and Space-Age Pop Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery soundtrack Mike Flowers meets Cylob Constant Friction - Collaboration 2 The Karminsky Experience Inc - The Power of Suggestion "Wonderwall", UK # 2 "Light My Fire" / "Please Release Me", UK #39 "Don't Cry for Me Argentina", UK #30 "Talk" "Hold the Corner EP" Official website

Kingston House estate, London

The Kingston House estate and Ennismore Gardens in Knightsbridge is a green, dual-character area within the western limits of the City of Westminster in London. The first-named is south of Hyde Park, London taking up the park's semi-panorama row of 8 to 13 Princes Gate and otherwise, as to more of its wings, set around the east of Princes Gate Garden including a terrace of houses №s 1 to 7 Bolney Gate; the second-named is a garden square of 59 tall creamy-white terraced houses and the approach road to Prince of Wales Gate, Hyde Park as well as the identical-size public, square green of the church, since 1956 the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God and All Saints facing which green are its anomalous outlier row for a London garden square, №s 61 to 66. The small, broad-fronted house set against the Consulate-used pairing at №s 61 to 62 is № 60 and as with the other 65 numbers of Ennismore Gardens is a listed building. Kingston House estate has no statutorily listed buildings.

It has four 1930s to 1950s ranges of flats in 1930s style, arranged in three parts. Kingston House called Chudleigh House, was a Palladian mansion, built in the mid-eighteenth century by Evelyn Pierrepont, 2nd Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull for his mistress and bigamous wife Elizabeth Chudleigh. On her death it passed to the Duke’s nephew Charles Pierrepont, 1st Earl Manvers, had a series of tenants, among which Sir George Warren, MP. In 1813 the house saw its only sale; this was to William Hare, Baron Ennismore 1st Earl of Listowel. He died at the house in 1837 and was succeeded by his grandson William Hare, 2nd Earl of Listowel who occupied it, he sold some grounds for house-building. The house was again let to tenants, it remained with the family until four years after the 1931-death of the 4th Earl, when it passed to his younger son, created Viscount Blakenham. In 1935 the house was sold for building of many more homes, after the death of the Dowager Countess of Listowel in 1936, it was demolished in 1937 and replaced by two large blocks of private-ownership apartments, Kingston House North and Kingston House South.

In the 1840s, development began with the construction of houses on Princes Gate and the east side of Ennismore Gardens, as well as a public house, the Ennismore Arms, the first building of this scheme: built in 1845-7. It stood at the southern end of Ennismore Mews, which ran behind the houses on the eastern side of Princes Terrace, it was rebuilt by Watney's in the 1950s. It closed in 2002 was demolished. All Saints' Church was built in 1848–9, designed in the Italianate style by Lewis Vulliamy; the church is a Grade II * listed building. William Ralph Inge was vicar there 1904-1907; the Anglican church looked for another denomination to take it on in 1955, so late in the following year it became the Russian Orthodox Patriarchial Church of The Assumption of All Saints, part of the Russian Orthodox Diocese of Sourozh. The prized organ was taken by agreement. In the 1860s the 3rd Earl released more land; the five-storey houses have porticos with Corinthian columns, a continuous railing creating a first floor balcony.

All 59 are listed buildings. Many lamps on the pavements of roads are listed. Moncorvo House was completed in 1880 for Albert George Sandeman and named in honour of his father-in-law, Portugal’s ambassador in London, the Visconde Da Torre de Moncorvo. In 1883, Bolney House was built to a design by the eminent architect Richard Norman Shaw for Alfred Huth, son of Henry Huth. Kingston House North replaces the demolished townhouse of Evelyn Pierrepont, 2nd Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull, yet is wider and has two long projections to the south. From the 1930s onwards, many of the original buildings, including Kingston House itself, were replaced by apartment blocks and modern townhouses; the Second World War brought further changes in use of the pre-war mansions. Moncorvo House became the post-war London HQ of the Canadian Joint Staff Establishment and the Embassy of Morocco before being demolished in 1964 and replaced with Moncorvo Close. Bolney House was demolished in the 1960s, replaced with Bolney Gate a terrace, numbered 1 to 7, on one of the two offshoots of the road named Ennismore Gardens – that leading to Prince of Wales Gate.

In World War II, the Norwegian government-in-exile took a main base at Kingston House North. After this war vacant parts of the grounds of long-demolished Kingston House saw Kingston House East and the two blocks of Kingston House South built, flanking 1 to 10 Morcorvo Close; the independent Hampshire School occupied №63 from 1933-2008, when it moved to the former Chelsea Library. Ava Gardner is commemorated by an ornamental urn in the square, she could be spotted going for a swim in the nearby Imperial College pool with a towel rolled under her arm. The Libyan consulate and visa office occupies №s 61-62.